Liverpool rubbish talk of Steven Gerrard injury setback

Liverpool insist Steven Gerrard hasn't suffered a setback in his recovery from a shoulder operation in May

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Steven Gerrard scored nine league goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Liverpool have rubbished speculation that Steven Gerrard could miss the start of the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a shoulder operation.

The 33-year-old missed Liverpool’s final two Premier League games of the season after he underwent surgery to solve a reoccurring shoulder problem which he had to play with during the latter half of the campaign.

But the Three Lions skipper, who was absent for England’s recent friendlies against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland, was reported to be a potential doubt for this September’s World Cup qualifiers.

However, Liverpool insist Gerrard’s recovery is on schedule and the midfielder should be back for the pre-season training.

A club statement read: “The Reds skipper underwent surgery in May to correct a recurrent injury and was forced to miss the club’s final two matches of the 2012-13 season.

“A newspaper report published on Wednesday suggested the 33-year-old has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation – but the club can report that Gerrard’s recovery remains fully on track.

“As stated originally, the club’s medical team are confident that the midfielder is on schedule for his comeback and expect Gerrard to be fit and ready for pre-season training.”

Gerrard scored nine goals and made nine assists in 36 Premier League appearances for the Reds this season.

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